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the house this week taking up a number of bills to combat oipped addiction. at the end of the week we expect the house to vote on an opioid addiction bill passed by the senate back in march. today, the house debating legs to set up a task force -- legislation to set up a task force for doctors who prescribe painkillers. live now to the house floor on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. merciful god of the universe, we give you thanks for giving us another day. send your spirit upon the members of this people's house. enlighten their hearts and give
them the light and strength to know your will and make it their own. guide them by your wisdom, report them with your power. for you desire justice for a and we ask you to enable them to uphold the rights of all. may they be not misled by ignorance nor corrupted by fear or favor, but rather faithful to all that is true. as they work through this day and these weeks, may they temper justice with love and may all their deliberations be pleasing to you. may all that is done within these hallowed halls be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve thsmed epledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood.
mr. lahood: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in memory of firefighters richard chilter of the vine hill fire department. he died a hero while battling a fire on april 30, but he was a hero long before he volunteered to step into that burning building. he had service in nizz -- in his blood. he had great examples as his parents were firefighters. whenever the call went out, he dropped whatever he was doing to go help. so strong was his commitment to serve and protect the families
involved he was often first on the scene. he was rookie of the year in 2015 and he was in the process of applying for the fire department when he died at the age of 20. mr. pittinger: he was a great firefighter but a greater servant of god. please join me in praying for his family during this time of immense grief and also asking god to protect all of the brave men and women who serve our communities each and every day. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, last week i had the honor and privilege of traveling to israel for the fourth time. mr. quigley: congressman schiff and i joined the u.s. ambassador dan shapiro in jerusalem for hol cast remembrance day. we watched six survivors, each
representing one million innocent civilians killed. light the torch and share their stories of loss and survival. it was a powerful, moving and emotional moment. i'm not sure one can begin to understand the devastation of the hol cast until you stood in as you wits or heard the stories -- auschwitz or heard the stories. the united states relationship ith israel is more important than ever. the united states and israel must remain the closest of friends and continue to work together to ensure the security of our trusted ally. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. hulthult thank you, mr. speaker. i rise -- mr. hultgren: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise too congratulate officer dean tucker to being named officer of the year for saving the life of a 7-year-old girl. last june, officer tucker responded to reports of an
early morning two-car collision. upon arrival, witnesses alerted him to an s.u.v. believed to be submerged at the bottom of a retention pond. surveying the scene from the shoreline, tucker spotted a 7-year-old 40 yards away, flailing on the surface. active decisively, officer tucker quickly removed his gear, defense in the water and rapid his -- dove in the water and wrapped his arms. and fatigue quickly set out and he called out to an officer and a passerby. he provided support by swimming alongside tucker while they pulled tucker and the girl to safety. tragically, her mother and brother did not survive. however, the brave actions of officer tucker prevented further loss of life. and we salute his selfless courage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, i
rise in support of 4981, the opioid use disorder treatment expansion and modernization act. like the treat act, which i introduced, this bill would allow qualified physician assistance and nurse practitioners to provide the -- prescribe the medical treatments to break addiction to opioids. utilizing these health care professionals are crucial to combat this epidemic, especially in medically underserved areas. the bill would also increase the number of patients that physicians can prescribe saboxone to 250 per year from 100. this is a step in the right direction, but there is no cap on prescription of opioids and it is counterproductive to cap treatment for opioid addiction. the treat act would eliminate this cap and the senate health committee has reported out an annual cap of 150 patients. i ask my colleagues to support the senate position so more americans can access this life-saving treatment.
i thank the sponsors of this bill, mr. bucshon and mr. tonko, and the senate sponsor of the treat act, ed markey, for their work on this important initiative. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of national police week, a week we set aside to thank the 780 police officers who put on a badge nationwide and risk their lives to protect our communities. we thank them for their brave service. they play an essential role in our community, keeping us safe and responding to emergencies. mr. bost: the 18th district of illinois is home to many self-sacrificing police officers. mr. speaker, we also take time this week to mourn the loss of our fallen officers whose lives were lost in the line of duty. mr. lahood: one officer is killed in the line of duty
somewhere in the united states every 61 hours. that's why i wanted to extend the bull he have proof vest program. we need to make sure they have the equipment to keep them safe. one in my district grieved the loss of their own police officer in the line of duty. i want to take the time to thank the support network that support our police officers, their families, parents, wives, husbands and children for the sacrifices they make when their loved ones serve as police officers. let us show our men and women who wear the badge how much we value their crucial work. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new hampshire eek recognition? ms. kuster: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kuster: i rise today to highlight the crucial importance of addressing the heroin epidemic that is sweeping across this nation.
i have been holding a series of regional briefings in my home state of new hampshire to hear firsthand from communities working to fight this crisis. i've heard from far too many families who have lost loved ones to this epidemic because no treatment options were available. in the fall of 2014, a high school french teacher in one of my towns, beloved by her students, died of an overdose in part because she could not get access to the treatment she needed. and my good friend, chris, lost her stepdaughter, amber to addiction when no treatment beds were available. this is simply unacceptable. we need to take action now to fight back against this epidemic and arm our communities with the resources to help individuals struggling to overcome the devastating pull of addiction. i am a co-founder of the bipartisan task force to combat the heroin epidemic, and we recently announced a package of
15 bills. i urge my fellow members to pass these bills this week and let's help american families. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. over the weekend "the new york times" published a disturbing story of the obama administration's efforts to manipulate press coverage of the iran deal. mr. lamalfa: many of my colleagues and i warned that iran could not be trusted to follow their nuclear programs but keep staffers in the white echo chamber. nd and they concocted a story about their pursuit of nuclear weapons and the relationship with the rest of the world. as it turns out the administrators already begun talks with iran well beyond new president rouhani took office.
we knew how desperate president obama would sign this or any deal which would allow them to extract several key concessions. the deal provides temporary con-- while giving iran permanent relief from sanctions. meanwhile, iran will continue to support terrorism and further destabilize the region as well as violate currently the missile test program in the agreement. the obama administration's misleading campaign to convince the american people to support the iran deal has dangerous consequences for us, deceiving the public and trust in government as well as putting our allies around the world, such as israel, in danger and that trust as well. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
mr. payne: mr. speaker, it's not a new problem. lead in school drinking water has been a problem in communities across this nation for years. so why isn't there more outrage and talk about it among my colleagues? even chris christie has ordered lead testing in new jersey public schools. when new jersey's governor starts to admit there's a problem that demands government action, you know the situation must be dire. no child takes a drink from a water fountain in school and thinks about whether the water's contaminated or not. it is our job to protect our children and that means ensuring safety of school drinking water. congress should pass and the president should sign my tests for lead act. the bill requires states to help schools establish programs that tests for lead in the
drinking water if those states receive federal funding for safe water programs. it would ensure transparency by requiring disclosure of high levels of lead in schools, and most importantly, it would help keep our children safe. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. stewart stewart mr. speaker, like many of my colleagues, i am concerned by the great opioid epidemic that's sweeping our nation. every day more than 78 americans die from opium overdoses. 78 americans. think about that. that's more than three every hour. nearly two million americans are addicted to or abuse opioid-based painkillers. unfortunately and frankly very sadly, my home state of utah is all too familiar with these statistics as we are fifth in the nation in the most
opium-related deaths. these drug addictions are destroying opportunities, they're devastating families and communities all across the country and we simply must take steps to help to alleviate this suffering. i'm proud to be supporting a number of bills that the house will be debating and voting on this week, legislation that will lead to updated best practices and prescribers of pain legislation, legislation that will approve drug abuse programs and will give states and local communities more flexibility to attack this problem and the problems that are unique to those communities. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and i'm pleased to see there is bipartisan support for these much-needed reforms. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise this morning to tell the story of alex, a tremble high school graduate, 2010, and
accomplished pianist, a kid that was known for his creativity. he had gotten his nursing license and moved to florida when sadly prescription drugs led to a heroin addiction and alex died in 2014. mr. himes: sadly, alex is not alone. 723 people died last year in my small state of connecticut and 30,000 americans roughly will die this year of opioid addiction. . by any standard, this is a national emergency. and at great long last, this house is acting on a series of bills to improve the training, awareness, and the treatment we offer to people caught in this cycle. i'm concerned though that the total funds called for by all these bills, $100 million, is completely inadequate to a national emergency. at the end of the day it's the resources not the words that we must offer. i believe we can do better. mr. speaker, our citizens are worth it.
for people like alex out there, it is a matter of life and death. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, a recent story om tech blog gizmodo details facebook's efforts to block conservative views in the trending news section. mr. smith: employees said they stories. to remove censoring stories from popular conservative news sites does a disservice to the american people. a recent pew research study found that 2/3 of american adults used facebook to get news. facebook has an obligation and a public responsibility not to silence conservative voices. facebook should give the
american people an honest appraisal of the news when it comes to decide what's trending on their website. anything less is intentionally trying to manipulate public opinion to promote a liberal agenda. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, last week we read a powerful story under the headline, one week in april four toddlers shot and killed hemselves. mr. deutch: they shoot themselves at a rate of one per week. i stand here over and over begging congress to work on gun violence but today i plead for gun owners to be responsible. the group moms demand action are asking parents to secure guns in their homes and vehicle. to ask about unsecured guns in
other homes. to recognize the risk of teen suicide. and to tell their peers to be smart by sharing these simple steps to stop heartbreaking violence. our society is saturated with guns. 357 million gun, 317 million people. the highest concentration in the world. as "the new york times" noted if owners don't secure the guns, they'll continue to end up in the hands of, and i quote, shooters who need help tiing their shoe laces, too young sometimes to even say the word gun, killed by their own curiosity. mr. speaker, on this gun issue, let's come together, let's come together all of taos secure guns and to protect our kids. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> i ask nasms consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize may as lupus awareness month. according to the lupus
foundation of america, as many as two million americans, including my lovely stepdaughter katherine, are living with lupus and another 16,000 new cases are reported across our nation each year. but new research and collaborative projects offer hope that we're getting closer to safer and more effective treatments. the lupus research institute in particular has funded over 150 novel research grants. these funds are aimed at forging scientific breakthroughs to better understand the disease and help patients living with lupus. because of the advancing science, 2016 may very well mark a new and exciting year in the long fight against this mysterious autoimmune disease. as this poster says, mr. speaker, for a future with no lupus, we must know lupus. thank you, mr. speaker. back the balance of my
time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cicilline: this is national nurse's week. it's a time to honor nurses who are primary providers of patient care in hospitals. nurses are offering essential life-saving treatments for patients. they encounter and overcome challenges most of us will never face. honoring the importance of nurses is important for me on a personal level. my career was a proud nurse at st. joseph's in providence, rhode island, for many years. et's honor her nurses by supporting the bill i'm proud to co-sponsor to establish whistleblower protections, improve nurse retention and make hospitals safer for nurses an their patients. i'm honored to recognize
national nurse's week and thank all america's great nurses for all that they do. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, two weeks ago on april 26, the world lost an extraordinary man. as a political prisoner in china for 19 years from 1960 to 1979, harry ru endured torture, forced labor and severe hunger. it was not until three years of o zedung's death that he was released. mr. rothfus: his crime? he criticized the soviet invasion of hundred fware and was given a life sentence of labor, torture and the teachings of mao. after being released he dedicated his life to reform. after moving to the united states he began returning to
china to secretly document labor camps. his work was showcased both on cbs and the bbc in the early 1990's and continued through his research foundation and museum in washington. he testified before congress on china's unfulfilled promises of reform, forced abortions and sterilization, internet censorship and religious repression. we can honor his tremendous work by ensuring the truth he is revealed are not forgotten and continuing to defend human rights in china and across the world. i thank the speaker and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent for one minute to address the house and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize doctor joseph castro, president of fresno state university. dr. cost row is president of one of the finest universities in the western united states and
also happens to be my alma -- and it also happens to be my alma mater. mr. costa: it's been clear that dr. castro wants to make a positive difference in the lives of all students, especially those from california's san joaquin valley. over 60% of the students are the first in their families to attend university and it has over 25,000 students today. this is one of the many reasons why the consul general of mexico honored dr. castro with the o.t. award, the highest award given to exceptional leaders who improve the lives of the hispanic community abroad. dr. castro truly is deserving of this award. he understands the immigrant communities throughout the valley and throughout the region and my home. which we are also proud to represent. it is a special place. it is where he was from originally after california and he's the first hispanic president to be appointed at
fresno state. please join me in honoring dr. joseph castro and the entire fresno state faculty, their staff, for all they do for the students to ensure that they have access to a high quality, affordable college education because they are the future of america. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute a and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of national women's health week. our goal this week is to empower women to prioritize and to take charge of their health. ms. sanchez: and thanks to the affordable care act, women can access preventive care for little or no cost. but there still are concerning gaps in women's health. one out of four women report not
visiting a doctor because of the cost and nearly two out of three women in america die from chronic diseases. diabetes, heart disease, cancer, which is why women need quality, affordable and accessible health care. protecting and improving the health of american women is one of my top priorities in the congress. i fought to put language in the annual defense bill to ensure our brave servicewomen and female veterans have access to adequate health services that fully atrezz their specific medical needs. including preventive care and infertility treatments. we have seen increasing attacks on women's health in congress so it's important more than ever that we ensure women's access to contraception and their constitutionally protected right to choose. and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on may 11, 2016, at 9:12 a.m., that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 4923, that the senate passed senate 1352, that the senate passed with amendments h.r. 4336. with best wishes, i am, signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces the speaker's appointment to h.r. 4335-a of the following member on the part of the house to the board of visitors to the united states military academy to fill the existing vacancy thereon. the clerk: mr. sean patrick
maloney of new york. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 720 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: a clerk will report -- the clerk will report theres. rution. the clerk: house calendar 112, resolution 120. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 4641, to provide for the establishment of an interagency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the
chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on energy and commerce now printed in the bill. the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole.
all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 5046, to amend the omnibus crime control and safe streets act of 1968 to authorize the attorney general to make grants to assist state and local governments in addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, and for other purposes.
the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 114-52. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall
be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. collins: mr. speaker, for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from
massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the house -- on the house resolution currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i am pleased to bring this rule forward today on behalf of the rules committee. the rule provides for consideration of h.r. 5046, the comprehensive opioid reduction t of 2016, and h.r. 4641 , a a bill to provide for the establishment of an interagency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other . rposes for h.r. 5046 the rule provides r one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the energy and commerce committee. both rules are structured rules that make in order numerous
amendments. yesterday, the rules committee received testimony from members of the judiciary committee committee, the energy and commerce committee and multiple other members on their amendments. h.r. 40 -- 5046 was marked up by the judiciary committee and h.r. 4641 was reported by the energy and commerce committee. both bills have broad bipartisan support. these bills are part of the house's effort to combat our nation's growing opioid epidemic. they reflect a commitment to address this devastating problem in a constructive and meaningful way. opioid abuse hits communities across this country, rich, poor, rural, urban and suburban. in 2012 an estimated 2.1 million in the united states were suffering from substance abuse disorders relating to opioid prescription pain relievers. an estimated 467,000 people were addicted to heroin. in the same year in georgia, the georgia bureau of investigation found that prescription drugs played a ole in 592 deaths and 152 of 159 counties for which
autopsies were performed. mr. speaker, just the other day i was having a coffee with a dear friend of mine who i've known for 20 years and as we were talking and i mentioned what we were doing here, he brought forth that just in the last little bit in his own family life that he's seen areas -- relatives that have been touched by this epidemic. of painkillers and those substance abuse issues. this is something that can affect anyone in any family and this is why we are here today. the bills before us today takes steps to combat the opioid ep dimic and drugs a-- epidemic nd drug addiction. a program encompasses department of justice programs including training for first responders, law enforcement, drug courts, residential substance abuse treatment and criminal investigations for the unlawful distribution of opioids. importantly, this bill provides the flexibility for the states to use the funds where they are needed most. it does so by establishing one
grant program that has numerous allowable uses. the bill also ensures there isn't dupe policecation and eliminates redundancy. i was proud to support this bill. h.r. 4641, introduced by congresswoman susan brooks of indiana, has an interagency task force that will include representatives from federal agencies, state medical boards, health care professionals, xperts from addiction recovery units. the task force will be responsible for reviewing and updating acute and chronic pain management in an evidence-based manner. it will be responsible for sharing the information found by health care professionals. this bill recognizes that responses to the opioid epidemic needs to be good. further, it's shown that prescription opioid abuse often leads to heroin abuse. and my this was in part of my state can attest to this every day. compounding this problem. in fact, according to the
centers for disease control, 45% of people who used heroin were addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. heroin has frequently been thought of as an inner city problem, but we're starting to see it more and more outside of cities and spreading to rural areas too. this problem is a problem for america. this problem has exploded. according to georgia bureau of investigation, heroin deaths have increased in georgia by 300%. that's an astonishing and very tragic statistic. c.d.c. statistics on opioid abuse show 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, 10,5 4 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014. those are staggering numbers. the opioid epidemic affects everyone and i believe that most people can tell you a family member or friend who has suffered in some way because of this problem. but also, mr. speaker, it affects babies who are born addicted to opioids and other drugs. these children through no fault of their own are born with a serious and heartbreaking problem. they then go through dangerous
withdrawals and can be left with lasting health consequences. we have to find a way to stop this. the opioid epidemic affects veterans whose battle scars are treated by a v.a. whose often too often is to prescribe high quantities of opioids with little thought to the consequences. i'm a chaplain in the united states air force reserve. i served in iraq. i saw firsthand the scars the battlefield can leave both physical and mental. we need to support our -- support system for our veterans. we need to address their pain and we need to ensure they have the avenue to get the help they need. i believe these -- the bills this rule will provide for will take the step to make that happen. addiction issues are often related to other concurring disorders, including mental health issues. addiction claims victims and addiction is a disease. we must not turn a blind eye to those in need. we must work to halt the opioid epidemic and we must act to prevent more deaths. and to stop the growth and spread of the problem. today's bills are a step toward doing that and i am glad we have the opportunity to discuss
those in an open manner. these bills are brought forward due to the hard work of many members. in particular, i would like to thank chairman goodlatte and upton, ranking members conyers and pallone, congresswoman brooks and congressman sensenbrenner and their staffs for the work bringing these important reforms together. these reforms are a step in the right direction. at this time i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, for the customary 30 minutes. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i rise to speak on the rule for consideration of h.r. 5046, the comprehensive opioid abuse reduction act. and h.r. 4641, a bill to provide for the establishment of an interagency task force to review, modify and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes. by the end of this week the house will have taken up a
total of 17 bipartisan opioid-related bills, each a critical measure to help us tackle the opioid crisis in a variety of ways as we work to end this scourge, hurting so many communities across our country and costing the lives of so many all across this country. i am pleased that the house will be considering this critical bipartisan legislation this week, but in all honesty, i'm also very concerned that republicans are not proposing the new funding that is necessary to meaningfully address the opioid crisis. so in addition to passing the bipartisan legislation on the floor this week, which authorizes a new grant program, we must also provide real new resources in the form of appropriations to ensure that the initiatives in this legislation can be fully implemented. if we don't do that, all the speeches that we will give this week will amount to empty rhetoric.
we need to make sure we fund these priorities. this is an emergency. opioid addiction is afflicting a sabage daily toll in neighborhoods across america. according to the c.d.c., 78 americans die from an opioid overdose every day, and many of them are young people. in 2013, the number of heroin users was 681,000, an increase of more than 250,000 users since 2002. this crisis is affecting every region across the country and every demographic group. i have long said that congress must provide the meaningful resources that are needed to make a difference and save lives and today i'm pleased that we are coming together and taking action to attempt to do just that. these are important first steps. you know, in new england we know all too well the terrible toll of opioid -- of the opioid epidemic. having seen the damage it has done to communities that i represent in central and western massachusetts, tackling
the opioid epidemic has long been a top priority for me. across massachusetts, the number of opioid overdose deaths climbed by nearly 10%. 1,379 1,282 in 2014 to in 2015. once all -- once all cases are finalized by the medical officials in massachusetts, it is estimated that there will be an additional 63 to 85 deaths for 2014, and 118 to 179 deaths in 2015. in worcester county alone, home f the second largest city in new england, opioid-related deaths jumped from 163 in 2014 to 177 in 2015. looking back at the last 16 years, we can -- we can see an even bigger increase. in 2000 there were 59 opioid-related overdose deaths in worcester county, a small fraction of the 1,289 deaths in
2015. you know, most of last year's victims were between the ages of 25 and 44, in the prime of their lives with so much to live for. many left behind families heart broken and devastated by these senseless deaths. these families included husbands, wives, children and so many more who loved them and desperately wanted them to get the help they needed and to be able to live. you know, the opioid epidemic is even harder to cope with for those who have seen young people lose their lives to addiction. in massachusetts, one high school principal said that in the 11 years he's been principal, he has known of 33 students who have been active heroin addicts, seven of them died and in a recent forum he learned there had been more he didn't know about. part of the problem is the stigma associated with the heroin abuse. us think we of
know what they look like. however, instead of giving into despair, communities in massachusetts and across the country are responding to the opioid epidemic with strength and with courage. helping to lead grassroots, state and national coalitions to raise awareness and educate people about the crisis and provide resources to help those ensnared by the addiction. you know, the central massachusetts opioid task force, chaired by worcester county district attorney, is a great example of this. they are working to bring greater awareness of the problem to residents. members of the task force attend many of the coalition forums and also go into schools to talk to students directly. the opioid task force serving franklin county in massachusetts is another example. it's co-chaired by john, franklin county probait. and the sheriff and david
sullivan, the northwestern district attorney. i'm so thankful for these and other task forces and coalitions in massachusetts and across the country for coming together quickly to address this public health crisis and for their tenacity and fighting for individuals and families struggling with addiction. just this week, i had the opportunity to join community leaders at north brookfield high school in central massachusetts for an event with chris herron, a former constituent of mine from fall river and a former boston celtics player who now travels in new england and across the country to speak about his own recovery from addiction and the need for young people to stay drug-free. i'm also grateful to my fellow members of the massachusetts congressional delegation for being strong partners in this fight. joe kennedy is a member of the energy and commerce committee and has been a leader on this issue. he's the lead democratic sponsor of h.r. 4641. and a number of amendments sponsored by massachusetts members were made in order last
night clull several from kathryn clark as well as members from stephen lynch. ann want to commend kuster from new hampshire. she's been upfront on this issue for a long, long time and we appreciate her leadership. the simple truth is we are not going to arrest our way out of this problem. prevention and treatment must be at the heart of our approach to tackling this epidemic. as part of the comprehensive approach, we must equip our young people with the skills necessary to identify constructive ways to deal with problems so that turning to drugs is never an option. we must make every effort to ensure that treatment is available to those who seek it because it takes courage and strength to admit you need help. i'm pleased the legislation we are considering would do just that. i strongly support the legislation this rule makes in order. h.r. 5046, the comprehensive opiate abuse reduction act would
establish the comprehensive opiate abuse grant program with $103 million provided annually over five years this program would help provide vital assistance to state and local agencies to fund treatment alternatives to incarceration, training and education, the programs grants could be used to train first responders in carrying and administering opiate overdose reversal drugs, support prescription drug monitoring programs and strengthen collaborations between criminal justice agencies and substance abuse systems or programs targeted to opiate abuse programs. i think it's a common, bipartisan step that gos a long way to provide the critical help that americans across this country need to combat our opiate epidemic. i also support h.r. 4641, a bill that would provide for the establishment of an interagency task force to review, modify and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain
medication and other purposes. creating this task force is another key step to help strengthen our national response to the opiate crisis and increase interagency collaboration as we marshal all our resources in this fight. i want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who work hard to bring this additional bipartisan legislation to the floor this week so we could begin to tack until opiate crisis. these bills take important steps to cut the risk of opiate addiction among veterans, managing chronic pain, take on international drug traffickersing improve the treatment and care of babies born addicted to opiates, help reduce opiate use amongst young people and strengthen access to opiate overdose reversal medication. these are -- there are many issues that democrats and republicans do not see guy-to-eye on but i'm pleased that both parties seem to be coming together at least on this first step to tackle the opiate crisis. for families and communities
across the country who have already lost so much and so many to this epidemic, there has never been more -- a more important time for taos take action. i want to thank the leaders of both parties for helping to bring these bipartisan bills to the house floor. i do believe that we can end the opiate crisis once and for all. but again, in conclusion, and i want to -- i have to stress this we need to provide the funding to our communities struggling to deal with this opiate and heroin crisis. this is an emergency. that's huh howe you have to classify this and look at it. this is an emergency. people are dying. without providing adig -- additional resources need we won't be part of the solution. the ideas we have compiled today that will be debated this week are all good ideas. but they won't be real ideas unless they're funded. i worry that this congress might not be up to the challenge.
we have emergencies in flint, michigan, with the water crisis. and we have not done what we need to do to provide emergency funding to that community. we have an emergency,, a growing emergency with the zika virus and can't get an emergency appropriations bill to the floor here today. so i think that we need to understand that this crisis has risen to the level of an emergency. we need to do what's right. we need to not only pass these bills but we need to commit in a bipartisan way we're going to provide the necessary funding and i hope we can do that with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: at this time i'm honored to yield five minutes to the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. begin tasm the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. guinta: thank you very much, mr. chairman. i'm proud to rise in support of h.r. 5046 the comprehensive opioid abuse reduction act and h.r. 4641, which will establish
an interagency task force to review, modify and update best practices for pain management and prescription pain medication. overprescription of opioids is leading to addiction, shattering lives and creating death around our country. in my home state of new hampshire, deadly overdoses following abuse of heroin and opioids claim the lives of over 430 people last year alone. that's about one in every 3,000 people from my state falling victim to an epidemic, succumbing to a preventable problem. according to the c.d.c., everdose deaths have tripled over the last 10 years. desperate families too long are cry ought for help. i commend my colleagues for rising to the occasion in this legislative response, tackling this issue in a bipartisan way and making the proper commitment to fund an adequate response to help those in need. two pieces of legislation, these two pieces of legislation are designed to assist those
battling the epidemic on the front lines, from law enforcement officer taos underfunded recovery systems and personnel. and everyone in between. i am moved time and time again by the painful stories of the victims and courageous individuals coming to their aid. and i urge the house to offer its support in this struggle. i was pleased that just last night, the rules committee accepted my amendment allowing prevention and recovery programs to accept grant money authorized by the comprehensive opioid abuse reduction act. and i urge my colleagues to support this amendment when it comes to the house floor tomorrow. as a house response to the senate-passed comprehensive addiction and recovery act, these bills are a joint step toward progress and safety. i am a proud sponsor of many of these bills coming to the floor this week and i hope for their swift and timely passage as urgent relief for those who are suffering around our nation. we must provide a thorough and wide-ranging plan to meet the
enormity of this terrible epidemic. which invades every corn over the united states. lives across traditional divides and man tests -- fan fest -- manifests itself in ways to which we are in the acouse testimony my colleagues are accustomed to seing the house of representatives answer this challenge by passing the most vigorous and comprehensive plan possible. i'm confident we'll do all we can to pass this plan this week. go to conference with the senate and put a bill on the president's desk before june. our plan is urgently needed. almost 130 people die every day from opioid overdoses. 80% of the opioids prescribed worldwide are prescribed here in the united states. in my district and around the country, i hear from families and friends who know someone coping with substance use disorder. we will only make a dent in this great challenge by listening to its victims. we need to listen to fathers like doug griffin of newton, new hampshire, whose daughter, courtney, fell victim to heroin
abuse at 20 years old. doug remembers courtney as a vivacious girl, funny and passionate and charming. she loved music and s'mores and told doug she planned to become a marine. a buffalo young woman prepared to sacrifice for her country in one of its greatest and most honorable services. that was courtney. but three years later, she was lost on the streets, overwhelmed by the sorrow and confusion this epidemic instills. moving from rehab facility to rehab facility. prescription drugs, fentanyl and heroin ensnared he was. she was 20 years old. a neighbor, a friend, a daughter. how can we begin to comprehend the depth of that kind of tragedy? because courtney's pain was so great and because she had so few option for treatment, doug says he and his family hid the truth from the outside world. to help others, they're speaking
out now. bhi speaking out we start to understand this tragedy. zoug courageously telling every he knows the warning signs of heroin abuse and the deficiencies in our public response. millions of americans share courtney's story and doug's anguish. it is only by speaking out and sharing grief that we will remove the stigma preventing far too many from seeking help. this week, during heroin and opioid abuse awareness week, we have an opportunity to hear, learn, share, and fight back. we can hear the stories of grieving and families, the stories of resilient victims. we can learn of the intensity of their experiences and glean from them the lessons we need to fight back. we can share their lessons and bring them to bear in our discourse and through our legislation. we can start to turn the tide. as the house considers this vital legislation, i encourage my colleagues to listen to their constituents. hear their stories. share their struggles.
and help them fight back. and i thank you for your time and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i think that every member of the house should support the underlying legislation and there will be some good amendments offered. unfortunately, there were a lot of good amendments not made in order by the rules committee last night. there will be some suspensions that will come to the floor that i think deserve our support. i'm anxious to go to conference to the senate, anxious to bring it to the president's desk, but -- and i don't want to spoil this bipartisan moment, but none of this means anything if we don't fund it. these aren't appropriations bills we're dealing with. i know my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say, we'll deal with that in the appropriations process. because of the dysfunction of this place, we're not going to deal with the appropriations bills in any real way until after the election. i don't think we can wait. i think we need an emergency
supplemental appropriations bill to deal right now with this crisis that has already claim sod many lives. so let's all come together and pass these authorizing bills rks but we need to do more than that. the president has requested $1.1 billion, i think, to try to help provide resources to communities to deal with this crisis. we haven't funded that. so bills that set up grant programs that we all -- to support initiatives we all think are important, that's good. but if the money is not there, to actually fund these and implement these programs, then we're not doing our job. i would just argue that we have waited too long. it's an emergency. we ought to do this, we ought to have an emergency supplemental appropriations bill on the floor immediately and get relief to our communities today. mr. speaker, i will -- i support all these measures that the house will consider this week.
however, as i said, this can't be the final word. we have to approve additional funding to develop a comprehensive response to this epidemic which is an emergency. if we defeat the previous question, i'm going to ask my colleagues to defeat the previous question, i'll offer an amendment to the rule to bring up legislation that provides $600 million in funding to address the opiate epidemic. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: to discuss that proposal, i yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from new hampshire a leader on this issue, ms. kuster. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for four minutes. ms. kuster: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to all my colleagues for the bipartisan work happening this week and i'm proud to be a co-chair with my colleague from new hampshire, mr. guinta of the bipartisan task force to combat the heroin epidemic. members of congress from all across the country, coming together to address this crisis.
i rise, however, to oppose the rule and as mr. mcgovern has said, we intend to move the previous question and i am bringing to the house floor a democratic substitute opiates package to include $600 million in critical funding to address this opioid epidemic. we have an emergency. people are dying. as mr. guinta said, in my own state, our state of new hampshire, over 420 people in one year. we have a better chance in new hampshire of dying from an opioid epidemic death from fentanyl, from heroin, from drugs off the street, than we do of dying in a car zeant. this is an emergency an it's a crisis. my substitute amendment bill, excuse me, bill will provide vital funding for all of the bills that we're discussing. for bills that will provide the grants, the jew dish committee
-- the judiciary committee has brought forth in h.r. 5046 from mr. sensenbrenner. from law enforcement from drug courts. i've just this week been to the graduation of a drug court. we can turn lives around but we need funding for drug courts to spread across our country. for the good work that my colleagues, ms. brooks and mr. kennedy, put into the energy and commerce bill, h.r. 4641, create the task force. mr. guinta and i had an original bill to stop abuse act, that created a task force. we're pleased that that task force will move forward. we need to bring together the experts to determine why now? what is happening in our society that opiate overdoses are leading people, leading this addiction to substance abuse disorder that's a disease, leading people to go from prescribed medication from their
physician into heroin off the streets. and in our state, now being laced with fentanyl that is a lethal combination. the substitute will provide a total of $600 million in vital new resources to address this epidemic. and at the -- my understanding is that we are not included this funding in these underlying bills. want to support the underlying bills but it's critical to have the funding. new hampshire has now gone from number 24 in the nation in deaths per population to number three. seemingly overnight. i've traveled around my district bringing together stake holders, law enforcement, treatment providers, long-term recovery, which is a critical aspect of this. physicians, hospitals, police. everyone to the table. in nashua, in concord, in the
north country of our state. we have mayors' committees, we have the governor having a major summit this week. and here's the answer. we have solutions. i serve on the veterans' i serve on the veterans' affairs committee and i was so proud to bring to one of our task force hearings dr. julie franklin from vermont who is doing critical frontline research with people, veterans who are experiencing chronic pain. this is lifelong pain. and she has worked with them with acupuncture, with mental health treatment, with physical therapy, with all different kinds of wellness and yoga, and she has decreased the use of opiate medication by 50%. we can do this, but we need funding. so i urge you to vote no on the rule and to ask my colleagues to please support the substitute package that will include a critical $600 billion in
funding. thank you for your time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia. >> at this time i'm pleased to yield two minutes to my good friend from augusta, georgia, and someone who has spent a great deal of time looking into these issues, i appreciate his willingness to speak on it today, at this time yield two to the congressman from georgia, mr. alen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. allen: i thank the gentleman from georgia for yielding to speak to this important threat to our country, our state, and our guents. our founders made a promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. in america today in every state, in too many families, there is a palpable undercurrent of pain, loss, and suffering that is caused by this horrendous open crisis. is -- opioid sadly one in five americans know
someone who has been addicted to opiates. nearly every 12 minutes someone in the u.s. dies of a drug overdose. and every 25 minutes, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. a recent c.d.c. study found in 2009 more americans died from prescription drugs than motor vehicle accidents, making the first time drug related deaths have outnumbered motor vehicle related deaths since 1979. when the government started tracking drug related deaths. unfortunately, my home state of georgia is not immune to this growing epidemic. according to the georgia bureau of investigation, in 2012, prescription drugs played a role in 592 deaths and 152 of the 159 counties in georgia for which it performs autopsies. these heartbreaking numbers are far too high and tragic. we must take action to combat this crisis so that those
addicted and their loved ones may start the road to healing. this week, my colleagues and i in the house of representatives are bringing opiate addiction out of the shadows to stop this devastating crisis. i am proud of the tireless work of my colleagues in the judiciary committee, the energy and commerce committee, and the education and work force committee of which i serve to prevent, treat, and streamline access to care for those addicted to opiates. my colleagues and i have worked to advance bipartisan solutions that address this crisis. from helping newborns who are born into addiction to creating an interagency task force to update best practices for prescribing opiate painkillers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for another minute. mr. allen: this is only the start of our work in the united states congress on this important subject. the road to recovery will be long and hard fought. but the american spirit is as strong as ever and will prevail. together we will help our
brothers and sisters in christ become whole again. the very soul of this country is at stake. i am pleased the people's house is taking proactive steps to fight this epidemic. i urge my colleagues to support the rule and support the numerous bills coming before the house this week. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back. mr. collins: i would like to say this. we have no further speak earns would like to let the gentleman from massachusetts know we will be prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield my southwest remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i think we all agree that this is a crisis. and that we need to come up with solutions and we need to do something rather than just talk about it. and i support and i think i speak for the democrats, we all support the legislation that is being brought to the floor, bipartisan legislation, not only
the bills that are going to be considered under this rule, but many of the suspension bills that will be brought to the floor this week. i expect they will be passed with near unanimously. but i think what i do have a problem with is the fact that we have funded none of these things. and i have a problem with the fact that some are content to wait until the appropriations process kind of works its way through this house, which, as we all know, is not going to be probably until december. we have already been informed that we'll probably deal with an omnibus package some time after the election because there's infighting within the republican ranks here in the house in trying to come to an agreement before the election is too difficult. i regret that very much because i don't think we can wait until december before we actually fund some of these priorities that
are in this bill. the reason why i hope my colleagues will support the democratic substitute is because it actually funds appropriations. it funds these priorities. it puts our money where our rhetoric is. it makes the money available now . and we know it's there and communities will know they can depend on it. so i think if we really want to be effective in our battle against this scourge of opioids and heroin and addiction that has touched every district in this country, we have all been to too many funerals. we have all seen up close and personal the heartbreak. if you want to do something about it, we have to not only come up with the ideas, we have to fund these ideas. and that is why we are urging
that our members vote no on the previous question so we can bring a funding component to this. let's not wait until december. this is an emergency. we should have had an emergency supplemental bill. that's not coming. so this is a chance to put some money behind these priorities. to actually fund all these grite grate ideas we all in -- great ideas that we all in a bipartisan way support. i urge my colleagues to support all the bills, underlying bills, but vote no on the previous question so we can bring this appropriations bill up to actually fund them. i urge my colleagues vote no on the previous question and also to vote no on the rule. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. as you have heard and we have spent the last about 40 minutes talking about, the opioid epidemic is out of control. but we have the opportunity today to start addressing that
problem in a meaningful way. the rule provides for consideration the legislation that will enact measures to address this problem through multiple avenues to ensure we are taking a competitive approach to stop -- comprehensive approach to stop this scourge. it keeps the promise that we won't sit idly by while people continue the battle of addiction and die. for that reason i urge my colleagues to support the rule and both h.r. 5046 and h.r. 4641, with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back the balance of his time. all debate has ended. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the aye vs. it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman. mr. mcgovern: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20,
the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption of the resolution. this is is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 215 the nays are 173. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. ayes have it. >> mr. speaker. i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members are asked to please remove their conversations from the floor. the house will be in order. please remove your conversations rom the floor. for what purpose does the gentlelady from indiana seek recognition? mrs. brooks: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on the bill, h.r. 4641. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. brooks: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may
the union for the consideration of h.r. 4641. the chair appoints the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, to preside over the committee of the whole. the chair: the house will be in order. members take their conversations off the floor. the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 4641, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to provide for the establishment of an interagency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered as read the first time. the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. brooks, and the gentleman
from new jersey, mr. pallone, will each control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from indiana. mrs. brooks: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentlewoman will suspend. the committee will be in order. members take your conversations off the floor. the gentlewoman from indiana is recognized. mrs. brooks:00: -- mrs. brooks: thank you, mr. chairman. this week we have and will continue to hear personal stories on the house floor about how opioid addiction is devastating local communities and families across the country. just last night my colleagues shared some of their stories, congressman from pennsylvania, mr. meehan, shared a story about a promising collegiate athlete
whose star was ention continuing wished when a minor injury led to an addiction and eventual overdose and death. or ms. kuster from new hampshire who told the story of a constituent named amber who tragically died from an overdose after a treatment bed was unavailable for her after leaving incarceration. we are going to hear many more stories today about this epidemic that has touched every community in every state of our contry. an epidemic that has exploded in recent years to the point where every 12 minutes someone is dying of a drug overdose in this country. by the end of this debate, there may be over five people who have died of an overdose. the energy and commerce committee has investigated this epidemic over the past year with multiple hearings expert witnesses, the result is a thoughtful package of solutions profocused on prevention and treatment that will help those facing addictions and their families dealing with this opioid and subsequently heroin crisis. the statistics couldn't be more
stark. the united states only represents 5% of the world's population, but yet we consume 80% of the world's pain medication. and yet 80% of heroin users start with that prescription to legal pain medication. nearly 260 million opioid prescriptions were written in the united states in 2012 outpacing the number of american adults by 20 million. but as we debate this crisis, this is not just about statistics. because we are actually talking about husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parents and sadly our children. a parent who has inspired me is a woman named justin phillips from indianapolis a hoosier mom who lost her son to a heroin overdose at the age of 206789 out of her heartbreak she found a calling to keep local and national attention on the issue of heroin opioid abuse until, she said, until the dying stops. leadering voice for
families facial addiction in indiana and she found an overdose lifeline, a nonprofit organization devoted to purchasing those lifesaving drugs, reversal drugs, for hoosier first responders, but she didn't stop there. she passed at our statehouse called aaron's law to provide access for others beyond first spoppeders. justin is just like so many other moms and dads. she needs our help to prevept more kids like aaron from being lots to heroin and opioid abuse. her story made me realize that solving this public health crisis, this epidemic, must be a top priority for congress and for the federal government. and inspired me to work with my colleague from across the aisle, congressman kennedy of massachusetts, to lead these efforts in the house to combat the heroin opioid crisis. this week, we are taking up a series of bills that are going to make a real difference, we hope, they must make a real difference in turning back this
scourge. now, i have cited the number of opioid prescriptions written in 2012 which joust paced the -- outpaced the number of americans, adults, the fact is our prescribers are doctors, our nurse practitioners, dentists, and others are often unaware that in many cases their efforts to properly treat their patients' pain can inadvertently create longer term addiction issues, and while there is certainly legitimate medical needs for pain medication opioids, many prescribers are unaware that in many cases their efforts to properly treat their patients' pain can inadvertently create these long-term addiction issues. the c.d.c. recently developed tpwhrines for prescribing opioids for pain. these guidelines seek to reduce their overuse and abuse. h.r. 4641, which i introduced are representative kennedy would ensure that the c.d.c.'s opioid
prescribing guidelines are reviewed, modified and updated where needed by an interagency task force and expert stake holders from the patient community and addiction and recovery community to reflect best practices going forward. this task force will be comprised of members of the federal relevant agencies as well as those who day in and day out deal with the problem, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, hospitals, overdose experts and pain and addiction researchers. it will also include representatives from state medical boards, pain advocacy groups, mental health and addiction treatment communities. the scope and breadth of this group will ensure that the practice os thoughtfully reviewed, modified and update. they will take into account the different types of opioids, opioids within and between different classes as well as
norm pharmacological alternatives to opioids. it's important to consider the broadest scope of pain management options. it's also important that this isn't going to be another bureaucratic report that is compiled and sitz on the shelf and is reviewed by congressional researchers and staff. they must report out to congress and lay out best practices and provide a strategy for disseminating these best practices in pain management at medical facilities. we have to do more in this country. failure to address a major part of this ep democrat frick the outset will perpetuate the cycle of addiction in our communities. this is but one important step. there are many, many bills that the house is considering. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the -- the chair: the gentlelady reserves her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? zpwri yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he wishes to use.
mr. pallone: i rise in support of h.r. 4641, a bill to create an interagency task force on pain management. in 014, pharmacies in the united states dispensed approximately 245 million prescriptions for opioids. this is enough to provide a script to every adult in our entire nation. at the same time we know that over five million americans use prescription pain relievers either recreationally or to satisfy an opioid addiction this combination has produced pradgic results. 2014 produced the highest number of drug overdose deaths than any other previous year on record, with opioids and heroin driving the recent surge. unfortunately, our nation's doctors and health care providers have not been provided the tools and education necessary to safely prescribe those medications in the midst of an opioid ep democrat ex. recently an article in the new england journal of medicine examined this topic and found that, i quote, many physicians
admit they're not sure how to prescribe opioids safely, how to detect abuse or addiction, or how to discuss these things with their patient. e have created a prescribing practices with tremendous difference. this would create an interagency task force on pain management to review, modify and update best practices on management and development of a strategy to disseminate those best practices to prescribers, pharmacists and other stake holders. those will increase the tools available to providers to prescribe open yats more safely and be -- opiates more safely and be able to discuss problems earlier. i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation which is part of the opioid epidemic package that we're moving on the floor today on suspension. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from indiana.
>> i would like to recognize the gentleman from michigan for three minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. >> every 12 minutes someone in the u.s. dies of a drug overdose. abuse of prescription drug killers and heroin has impacted every single community. mr. upton: it's an epidemic. doesn't have boundaries and doesn't discriminate. we've lost a lot of good kids, a lot of good people. my state, every state, and as travel back and forth to michigan virtually every week i meet a family member who has lost somebody with this very tragic story. this last week it was a mother d wife of a fellow who committed suicide in michigan. break yours heart. yes, we know the numbers. and they are staggering.
the c.d.c. reports that nearly 260 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2012. that's one for every single u.s. adult, as my friend mr. pallone said work another 20 million to spare. a recent study from the kaiser family foundation found that one in five say they have a family member addicted to prescription painkillersful the ep democrat sick unique to the u.s. as americans consume 80% of the world's prescriptions of opioid. it's not unique. it's a frightening reality. but we've got to face the epidemic head on and that's why today is an important step. in our committee, energy and commerce, we held a number of hearings over the last year with testimony from so many experts on the front lines. what we learned is eye opening. federal policies toward opioid addiction in the past year, we've overemphasized the one size fits all law enforcement
approach. it's clear through our listening sessions that it is a public health crisis and that our strategy should reflect the complex dynamic between public health and criminal activity. we know that we cannot simply incarcerate our way out of this epidemic. the bill that we're considering today touch on a spectrum of issues driving the opioid crisis. while there's no one solution, these bills represent good steps in addressing a problem that is rapid tissue that has rapidly grown. i want to thank all my colleagues on the energy and commerce committee and off, for working to adhere in a bipartisan way these important bills that will really make a difference in every one of our communities. the house leadership deserves recognition on both sides for their swift consideration of the bills and i want to thank in particular my good friend mr. pallone for working with us to get these bills across the finish line, through the committee process and now on the froor. our work is going to continue.
we owe this effort to the past, present and sadly future victims of this epidemic. friends and family across every part of the country, every demographic group. we owe it to the families, to the communities who are suffering from this addiction. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back this egentlelady reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is ecognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. chairman. i'd like to yield now to the gentleman from massachusetts who is the democratic sponsor of this and has worked a lot on the epidemic problem. as much time as he may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kennedy: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank mr. pallone for yielding, for his leadership on this issue throughout his time on energy and commerce an particularly over the last several months since i've been on the committee, trying to galvanize support if all of our
colleagues to recognize the impact this is having every single day. mr. chairman, i want to thank you for including h.r. 4641 in this package of bipartisan opioid related bills. none of our districts have been spared the heartbreaking headlines about lives lost to opioid crisis. we've heard from each of our constituents who have attended funerals for friends, neighbors, classmates, colleagues and family members. the bills we are considering this week are a promising step forward as we find ways to respond to this crisis. my colleague, congresswoman brooks, thank you for your partnership on this issue and on so many others. we have both seen firsthand how a lack of access to treatment can lead those suffering from addiction to our courts. with this bill, we are trying to change the course of their path to stop addiction before it even begins. mr. chairman, last week the
"boston globe" wrote a sere rose articles about the opioid crisis in my home state of massachusetts. the statistics are devastating. nationally, heroin overdose rates have tripled in the past five years. at home, our state faces a heroin overdose rate that is twice the national average. last year alone, nearly 1,400 massachusetts families lost loved ones to opioid abuse. between 2013 and 2014, prescription opioid overdoses nearly doubled. during that same time, the number of people in massachusetts who overdosed on a combination of heroin and prescription opioids rose by almost 500%. the globe -- "the globe" also noted there's been a notable shift from opioids to heroin with one exception. bristol county, where many of my constituents live.
in trying to explain that exception, the reporter included a haunting line that stayed with me ever since he wrote that bristol county, quote, prescription opioids remain the dominant killer, though it's not clear whether that's because this area is somehow less susceptible to heroin, or if it is just a matter of time. mr. chairman, we cannot accept a reality where a rise in heroin overdoses is, quote, merely a matter of time. we've all said it, when it comes to a federal response there's no silver bullet. but h.r. 4641 tries to focus on what i believe is one of the best opportunities to bat until crisis, stopping addiction before it ever starts. the bill will create a new task force dedicated to the job of review, modifying and updating best practices for the management of pained and the prescription of pain medication.
voices from h.h.s., the d.a., f.d.a., d.e.a. and n.i.h. and other agencies will join subscribers, substance abuse disorder professionals, patients suffering from chronic pain and patient who was lived through the heartbreaking reality of becoming addicted to prescription pills. these advocates and experts are on the front lines of the fight every single di. under their guidance, the task force will ensure we implement the policies that balance responsible pain management with the urgency that our opioid crisis requires. again, i'm encouraged by the bipartisan progress we are making on this issue. and our work is just beginning. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and look forward to working with each of them to build on this. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the gentleman from new jersey reserves this egentlewoman from indiana is recognized. ms. brooks: i yield three
minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. walden: you can see members on both sides of the aisle know people in our districts, our states, and across our country that have been tragically affected by opioid abuse and overdose. i want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their work on this legislation, especially my friend from indiana, ms. brooks. i rise in strong support of h.r. 4641. this is a very important bipartisan step forward to combat opioid abuse. this issue hits close to home, all of our homes. the the state of oregon ranked near the top or at the top for nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers in the nation. with opioid prescription serving as a gateway to heroin, it's no surprise that deaths from drug overdoses have surpassed those from car accidents in my state. last week, medford and bend and others hosted round tables with community leaders and affected
families to talk about what they're seing on the front lines. physicians, first responders, members of law enforcement, families, all were there, sharing their stories, talking about how important the work we're doing here today is to them and our communities. all of them are on the ground combating this problem every day. we had excellent discussions. h.r. 4641, in addition to the 17 other bipartisan bills we're voting on this week, will help combat this epidemic. this bill will help prevent wful prescription use from spiraling into abuse. by developing best practices for the treatment of pain. in medford, i heard from a father who had seen the impacts of i addiction on his own family. see, his sister, who was a nurse, died of an overdose after years of suffering from addiction and bouncing between pharmacies passing off forged prescriptions. he spoke about how better tracking and treatment could
have helped catch his sister's problem earlier and perhaps made counseling more effective. as it was, she was only caught because two pharmacies in a small town happened to check with each other. by then, it was too late. today this man is working to help his son with an addiction that started with a prescription for a high school sports injury. that drifted to a heroin addiction. he spoke to the importance of counseling, support, and trying to avoid addiction through better prescribing practices. echoing those sentiment, a therapist i spoke to experienced 10 years of addiction of opioids after she was prescribed a painkiller for a broken foot and then when she tried to overcome this addiction, she could not find any help. so she traveled more than five hours from millton-freewater oregon to